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What Gun For Bears?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Art Eatman, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. CraigC
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    I wouldn't hesitate to take anything with the .45-70 but for the really big stuff, would forego the cast bullets in favor of the Grizzly Punch bullet.
     
  2. Alaskan Ironworker

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    Do they make that punch bullet in .452 cal?! Ive been looking at the “barnes buster” for my .454 carbine, but shipping up here is rediculous, probably the same for the grizzly punch. I rely on a local guy who makes reputable hardcast bullets. That rossi 92 carbine is my go to gun for bear Defense, its lighter, shorter, and points faster for me than the marlin leverguns ive owned. Plus my reloads match or surpass some 45-70 Factory loads. Also its cheaper, stainless, and holds more rounds. I havent found a good load that shoots perfect out of both my ruger toklat and the Rossi both though still working on that...
     
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    Yes, 320gr. There is also the Barnes Buster but its meplat is a bit smaller. Would have no problem with good hardcast bullets on bears.
     
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    I would have trouble with anything that can fail on something that can kill me. I’ve seen a friend handily out down a cape buff with barnes busters from a 454. They hold together very very well. Craig is right the punch or a monometal solid are the best. They may be expensive to ship but when youre in the field and if you ever need it. Its money well spent.
     
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    I've used the Kodiak Punch on a number of big bovines to include Cape buffalo. I highly recommend them as well as the monometal solids when uncompromised penetration is needed. I too wouldn't trust cast bullets on something that can hurt me. But, that's just me...
     
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    Smaller meplat on the buster might make the feeding in the lever action a little smoother. Ill probably order some when dividends get here.
     
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    That's why they made the meplats on the small side - so they'll feed. Let us know how they shoot!
     
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    When I’m in bear country whether hunting them or not, you should also be prepared for defending against them. For those reasons a 30-06 will kill very effectively on a hunt, but I prefer my 375h&h for both fast kills when hunting or with defense. I don’t hunt bear, but I’d owe it to the animal to put it down immediately.

    As to the recommendations on slugs, I know they are used but for that “one shot stop” I don’t think the sectional density is enough to rely on. After all we are talking about the best tool for the job. 375h&h with 300gr is the perfect all around in my opinion for bear country.
     
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    I think sectional density is a poor determinant of lethality. The nose profile of the bullet will determine wound channel size, depth of penetration, and the stability of the projectile in flesh. If you are seeking a one-shot stop, CNS is your target irrespective of the type of firearm you are pressing into service. I prefer handguns, but for most people, a long gun is easier to shoot well.
     
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    I agree, that’s why I’m not suggesting a HPBT 6mm bullet with a .313 sectional density. The 375 with its normal round nosed bullets are effective on game to say the least, and have a high sectional density still. And while not as easy to tote as a handgun, there is a lot more power there.
     
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    And with a round nose solid, you are throwing that horsepower out the window. It's arguably the worst nose profile still in use. The more savvy big/dangerous game rifle hunters began using flat-nosed solids (something handgun hunters have been using for decades) a number of years ago as they much more reliably track straight in flesh and impart a whole lot more damage than a round nose. I would rather face a large game animal with my Punch bullet loads in one of my revolvers than any rifle with round nosed solids. Lousy bullet design/tech resulted in ever bigger Nitro Express calibers to increase performance on large game.
     
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    It's not. They're way too light for their very large diameter to penetrate well. Even the Brenneke Black Magic is very low. They rely mostly on myth & legend. Fosters have an SD less than that of a round ball, to put things in perspective. So yes, if you have only one shot, you're better off with a Brown Bess than a 12ga pump with Foster slugs.
     
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    The problem with most shotgun slugs is that they are of too soft an alloy. If they were more "hardcast" they would work markedly better.
     
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    The problem with shotgun slugs is that their shape is terrible and they're too light for their diameter. The Brenneke is hardcast and it still doesn't catch up to .44/.45 revolver slugs over 300gr.
     
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